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The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

It is one of the most famous novels by Alexandre Dumas, published in 1944, and deals with the adventures of the young Gascon D’Artagnan. Here you can download a COPY of The Three Musketeers in PDF.

The book is set in the twilight of the Hundred Years’ War between France and England during the 17th century.

D’Artagnan sets off for Paris with the dream of becoming a musketeer, which he eventually realizes with three other knights with whom he has just arrived.

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Summary of The Three Musketeers

In April 1625, the young D’Artagnan left his village in Gascony for Paris, with the firm intention of becoming a musketeer in the “Company of the King’s Musketeers”. He carries with him a letter from his father, addressed to Captain Tréville.

Arriving in Meung, he takes his first break and there a knight makes a joke about his old horse. Offended, D’Artagnan draws his sword to fight, but the knight’s men attack him with sticks and knock him unconscious.

The gentleman goes through his belongings and steals his father’s letter. Then, the innkeeper takes the wounded young man to a room.

Later, D’Artagnan will learn that this man was the Count of Rochefort, on whom the young man was eager to take revenge.

Finally, the aspiring musketeer arrives in Paris and goes to speak with Captain Tréville.

The latter tells him that to belong to the King’s Musketeers, he must first show his worth and he is told that he could be trained by the Count des Essarts.

However, the knight with whom he was confronted the day before passes by and D’Artagnan runs away. On the way he encounters three musketeers: Athos, Aramis and Porthos. He fights them all by the sword.

Subsequently, they meet in a quiet place to duel, but Cardinal Richelieu’s guard seeks to prevent it, as it is a forbidden activity in France.

The four knights confront the guards and emerge victorious. The three musketeers become inseparable friends of D’Artagnan from this event.

King Louis XIII, influenced by Richelieu, is furious about what happened. However, Tréville asks one of the guards to confess the innocence of the musketeers.

Once the matter was settled, King Louis XIII was very pleased with D’Artagnan’s performance. The young man had achieved his goal, but this was only the beginning of hundreds of adventures to come.

FAQ about The Three Musketeers

What are the names of the three musketeers?

When the 18-year-old aspiring musketeer, D’Artagnan, arrives in Paris, he is confronted by three inseparable musketeers, whose motto was: “All for one and one for all”.

Their names were: Athos, Aramis, and Porthos. Then, he helps them to defeat the guards sent by the Cardinal.

How many musketeers were? 3 or 4?

D’Artagnan confronts the real musketeers, who up to that moment were three inseparable knights.

However, by joining them to defend themselves against the king’s guards, they sympathized with him and now they would be four musketeer friends serving King Louis XII.

Who was the leader of the 3 musketeers?

D’Artagnan becomes the leader of the Musketeers’ group. He is a young man between 18 and 20 years old, with large, shrewd eyes, a prominent jaw, and a hooked nose.

His boldness wins him the affection of the king and he becomes a loyal protector of the French queen Anne of Austria.

What is the central theme of The Three Musketeers?

The fundamental themes that we can appreciate in the novel The Three Musketeers are: Courage, loyalty, union and cunning. All embodied in the figure of the character D’Artagnan and his friends the three musketeers.